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10/30 PoliticsPA Playbook

The ups and downs from the week, Torsella authorizes a $1.8 billion loan to the state, and the Post-Gazette endorses Woodruff for Supreme Court.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

10/27 Ups & Downs: Three Philadelphia Eagles work on bipartisan reform efforts, the constituents of the 18th Congressional district know when they will be represented again, natural gas drillers avoid the severance tax for another year, and state Rep. Kevin Haggerty goes missing from his job duties. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

State House Sound Bites: Treasurer authorizes major loan to cover state expenses: The state Treasury has authorized a major $1.8 billion loan to keep Pennsylvania’s general fund from running out of money. It comes just in time for the commonwealth to make major public school payments. Over the last several years, it became routine for the Treasury to extend large loans early in the fiscal year, because the bulk of state revenues have tended to come in later months.

Judicial Election Update
Post-Gazette: For Pa. Supreme Court: Judge Dwayne Woodruff has the integrity and experience

State House Sound Bites: Episode 29: Not with a bang, but a whimper
StateImpact: Pennsylvania’s environmental rights amendment is back from the dead
StateImpact: Enviro Group Hires New CEO
StateImpact: PUC’s West Goshen ruling cheers advocates for local control over pipelines
StateImpact: Marcellus Shale boom cuts costs for Pennsylvania ratepayers
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending October 27

Inquirer: If Krasner wins race for DA, fans and critics expect disruption
Inquirer: Delco Democrats eyeing Trump as a way to make history
Inquirer: Thumbs up to Quakertown for OKing cultural diversity training
Inquirer: Charges refilled in Penn State frat hazing death
Inquirer: Months after the city sweep, heroin camps now scattered across Kensington
Inquirer: Delco Democrats eyeing Trump as a way to make history
Inquirer: Covering the Pa. Capitol while female  
Inquirer: AP sources: DeVos may only partly forgive some student loans
WHYY: 20th reunion for Million Woman March begins year of actions
WHYY: Enviro Group Hires New CEO
WHYY: Toomey assures Pa. businesses, officials that GOP will prevail on tax overhaul
Philly Tribune: 18 states lose court plea to restart health care subsidies  
Philly Tribune: Lawmakers finally reach deal to fund state budget

Pottstown Mercury: Sen. Toomey touts GOP tax reform plan in Pottstown
Pottstown Mercury: Budget bills are ugly but Wolf has little choice but to sign
Bucks County Courier Times: Low-key Bucks County DA race pits political newcomers against each other
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County row office candidates seek to keep Republican control
Bucks County Courier Times: Candidate for Lower Southampton seat files police report alleging altercation
Bucks County Courier Times: Doylestown Township supervisor candidates vie for two open seats on Nov. 7

Tribune Review: Attorney General Josh Shapiro says treatment is key weapon in opioids fight
Tribune Review: Tax foes say libraries no longer useful
Tribune Review: Youngwood survey revives police department debate
Tribune Review: PA Farm Link to hold training workshops for Western Pennsylvania farmers
Tribune Review: 5 seats, 5 candidates but still a race for Springdale Council
Tribune Review: Late addition complicates Westmoreland district judge race, Gongaware’s re-election bid
Post-Gazette: Democratic candidate for 18th ‘ready to walk into Congress right now’
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf signs bill to fund state-related universities
Post-Gazette: Proposal for new Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers contract expected today
Post-Gazette: Three candidates seek two seats on county bench
WESA: With Gambling Expansion Passed, Ball Is In Gov. Wolf’s Court To Approve Budget

WJAC: After Trump’s announcement, local fight against opiates continues
WTAJ: Local lawmakers react to gambling bill
Beaver County Times: Wolf administration launching ad campaign publicizing ACA open enrollment
Beaver County Times: Commissioner Sandie Egley supports a tax exoneration, votes ‘no’ on ice arena HVAC
Beaver County Times:  Gov. Wolf signs funding for Penn State, 4 other universities  
Altoona Mirror: Billions sought in opioid fight
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf releases college funding, announces plan to boost Lottery

Times Leader: PennDOT: Thousands of miles of state roadway paved this year
Times Leader: Company eyes Scranton office for people looking to enter marijuana program
Times-Tribune: How the reassessment process might look here
Standard-Speaker: Who will lead school board?
Standard-Speaker: 10 seek 5 Luzerne County Council spots

South Central
Patriot News: The fallout: With the budget dam broken, what’s next for Pa’s state government and politics?
Patriot News: Meet the candidates: Voters Guide to the Nov. 7 election
Patriot News: How much prison does $400M buy? A look inside SCI Graterford and its replacement
Patriot News: ‘No Apologies!’: Jeffery Lord to speak at Perry County Republican banquet
Patriot News:  DA rules Fish and Boat commission officer was justified in fatal shooting
Patriot News: Prosecutors hope for reboot in re-filing manslaughter charges in PSU hazing death case   
LNP: Trump comes ahead with fresh criticism of Russia inquiry  
LNP: Here’s how lawmakers from Lancaster County voted on expanding gambling in Pennsylvania
LNP: Members of Congress talk tax reform at Lancaster County Republican dinner  
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf signs funding for Penn State, 4 other universities
WHTM: Pa. Lottery to add virtual sports
WHTM: York County says no to mini casinos, considers video gaming terminals
York Dispatch: Few prominent York County races will be decided during Nov. 7 election
WITF: Group calls for more safeguards to go along with gambling expansion

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Wolf unveils $12 million manufacturing plan in Bethlehem
WFMZ: Legislation disperses money to 5 Pennsylvania universities
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf unveils new manufacturing programs at Bethlehem museum stop
Morning Call: Scandal-plagued Tim Murphy gone from Congress, but staff staying on the job
Reading Eagle: Officials commend president’s speech on opioid crisis
Reading Eagle: Candidates want to leave own marks on office of prothonotary in Berks County
Reading Eagle: Incumbent, challenger discuss visions for Berks coroner’s office

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Local lawmakers split on state gambling issue
WJET: PA Family Council asks Wolf to veto gambling expansion bill
Erie Times-News: With money in hand, Erie schools start to plan

Inquirer: Covering the Pa. Capitol while female
Inquirer: Three actions to make health care more affordable and accessible in Pa.
Inquirer: Why Philly needs to step up its game to stop teen shootings | Editorial
Patriot News: Looking for answers in the Trump/Russia dossier? Follow the money | Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: Who paid for the Trump dossier? Who cares? We need the truth | Kirstin Snow
Patriot News: Trump’s emergency declaration on opioid abuse falls short | Editorial
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Local lawmaker aiding fight against pediatric cancer
Reading Eagle: Editorial: A budget this late should be a lot better
Express-Times: Wolf should send ‘all-in’ budget back to gamblers in the Legislature | Editorial
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Stop blocking state Medicaid reform
Delco Times: Editorial: When all else fails, roll the dice in Pa. budget mess

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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